Radio Disney and Disney Channel will introduce the “N.B.T.” (Next BIG Thing) season five artists when the popular musical talent competition premieres during the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Girl Vs. Monster on Friday, October 12 at 8:00 pm ET/PT and throughout the day on Radio Disney. This season’s winner will perform on the hit Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally,” have a new single released by Disney Music Group and be the opening act for popular Radio Disney recording artists at the “N.B.T.” finale concert and winner announcement this December in Los Angeles. In advance of the season premiere, Radio Disney will debut each artist’s first “N.B.T.” single on Monday, September 17, and singles will be available on iTunes Tuesday, September 25.
New to this season, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will get a preview of each artist in their hometowns. The featured artists, ages 12-17, are R&B singers and actresses Chloe and Halle Bailey; acoustic pop singer and actress Katherine Hughes; R&B singer, dancer and actor Damian Otchere; modern rock and pop singer, songwriter and musician Jack Skuller; and pop singer, songwriter and actress Elle Winter. In addition to their own singles, new to this year’s competition, each artist will also perform a popular cover song. Throughout the season, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look as contestants work with mentors including pop recording artist Cher Lloyd who’s single “Want U Back” hit #1 on Radio Disney’s Top 30 and top 10 on Mediabase’s Top 40, Ross Lynch and Laura Marano of Disney Channel’s hit series “Austin & Ally,” and “N.B.T.” season four winner Shealeigh.
“N.B.T.” season five voting will commence on Friday, October 26 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT). This season fans will have more chances to vote for their favorite artist with the addition of Twitter voting, and an expanded 10 votes per day per platform, which also include RadioDisney.com, Radio Disney’s Facebook page, and via texting* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639). Each artist will receive equal play and exposure, and at the end of each round, will face elimination based on listener votes.
Hosted by Radio Disney on-air personality Jake Whetter, “N.B.T.” is a daily multiplatform competition that launched the careers of Hollywood Records recording artist and Disney Channel star Coco Jones (“Let It Shine”), as well as Kicking Daisies, Shealeigh and Allstar Weekend, and puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them with the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms.
The popular musical talent competition for young artists, Radio Disney’s “N.B.T.” (Next BIG Thing), hits a higher octave in its fifth season beginning in the fall. This season’s winner will perform on the hit Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally,” have a single released by Disney Music Group and be the opening act for popular Radio Disney recording artists at the “N.B.T.” finale concert this year in Los Angeles. Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will determine the winner when they are invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist.
Radio Disney will introduce its season five “N.B.T.” artists at the first-ever three-night showcase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 pm ET. The showcase, hosted by Radio Disney on-air personality and “N.B.T.” host Jake Whetter, will feature all of the season five artists, giving fans a taste of their varied musical styles. Season four “N.B.T.” winner Shealeigh and runner-up Zack Montana will also take the stage for headline performances.
“This season’s showcase event at Walt Disney World Resort and the integration with Disney Channel’s ‘Austin & Ally’ exemplify our efforts to continuously expand ‘N.B.T.,’ providing our audience with an enhanced experience each season and delivering increased exposure for our young artists,” said Phil Guerini, Vice President and General Manager, Radio Disney.
Kicking off July 1 at Chicago’s Taste of Joliet, “N.B.T. On Tour” powered by Invisalign Teen is a multi-market concert tour featuring season five “N.B.T.” artists, “N.B.T.” alumni and popular Radio Disney artists. “Austin & Ally” stars Ross Lynch and Laura Marano are expected to make guest appearances throughout the tour, which will stop in more than 15 cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Sacramento and Seattle. Invisalign Teen will also sponsor the multiplatform competition on Radio Disney and Disney Channel.
“We are thrilled to come back for a second year as title sponsor of Radio Disney’s ‘NBT On Tour,’ and look forward to engaging with fans and their parents about Invisalign Teen,” said Thomas M. Prescott, president and CEO of Align Technology (Invisalign). “One of the keys to a successful performance is exuding confidence, and Invisalign Teen is a modern choice for straightening teeth that can help kids feel more confident as they pursue their dreams — no matter what their passion may be.”
“Holding auditions in various cities this year helped us select a talented lineup of artists that represent a mix of musical styles from rockabilly to R&B and acoustic pop,” said Kelly Edwards, Executive Director, Music and Programming, Radio Disney. She added, “In addition to hearing new music from five great artists, fans will also fall in love with their charismatic and dynamic personalities.”
This year’s artists, ages 12-17, are:
- Chloe and Halle Bailey 13-year-old and 12-year-old (respectively) sister R&B singers and actresses from Atlanta, Georgia
- Damian Otchere 16-year-old pop and R&B singer, dancer and actor originally from Brooklyn, New York, currently residing in East Orange, New Jersey
- Elle Winter 13-year-old pop singer, songwriter and actress from New York, New York
- Jack Skuller 16-year-old rockabilly singer and songwriter from Hoboken, New Jersey
- Katherine Hughes 17-year-old acoustic pop singer and actress from New York, New York
“N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform competition that launched the careers of Hollywood Records recording artist and Disney Channel star Coco Jones (“Let It Shine”), as well as Kicking Daisies, Shealeigh and Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them with the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist via multiple entry points including RadioDisney.com and by texting “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) (standard messaging rates may apply).
Disney Junior is celebrating summer with fun, interactive events themed around the hit series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates;” May 2012′s #1 cable TV series among kids 2-5 and #1 cable preschool series in women 18-49. The “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Summer Adventures” family events will be hosted by Radio Disney at over 25 Simon Malls across 10 markets beginning SATURDAY, JUNE 23 – SUNDAY, JULY 1.
Kids and families are invited to take part in a pirate adventure and collect gold doubloons, the series’ signature treasure, by completing themed activities. Kids will receive “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” bandanas and treasure maps before setting out on a variety of fun, interactive activities including creating treasure chests, Pirate Pal coloring sheets, a ‘Never Land’ photo opportunity and a ‘Look for Hook’ game, where kids will search for Captain Hook decals throughout the mall.
The Radio Disney Road Crew will provide entertainment inviting kids to sing and dance to popular Radio Disney Junior songs from their favorite Disney Junior series including “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” “Doc McStuffins” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Additionally, there will be a special viewing area where families can watch episodes of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and “Doc McStuffins.” The Radio Disney Road Crew will give away Disney Junior themed prizes at each event.
“Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Summer Adventures” events details are as follows:
Saturday, June 23
Atlanta, GA Town Center at Cobb 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Boston, MA Solomon Pond Mall 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chicago, IL Orland Square 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Grapevine Mills 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New York, NY Roosevelt Field 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA King of Prussia Mall 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA Oxford Valley Mall 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24
Los Angeles, CA Westminster Mall 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 28
Philadelphia, PA Lehigh Valley Mall 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New York, NY Smith Haven Mall 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 29
Los Angeles, CA Brea Mall 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Miami, FL Dadeland Mall 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 30
Atlanta, GA Mall of Georgia 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Charlotte, NC Concord Mills 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Chicago, IL Gurnee Mills 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Denver, CO Town Center at Aurora 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA Ontario Mills 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA Del Amo Fashion Center 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Miami, FL Miami International Mall10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Miami, FL Coral Square 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New York, NY Ocean County Mall 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
New York, NY Rockaway Town Square 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 1
Los Angeles, CA Shops at Montebello 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New York, NY Newport Centre 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New York, NY Menlo Park Mall 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Disney’s hugely popular duck-billed, beaver-tailed, teal-colored character Perry the Platypus, as seen on “Phineas and Ferb,” the #1 animated series for kids and tweens, will be the main attraction on Platypus Day, Saturday, March 3. The celebration includes the introduction of “The Platypus Walk,” a catchy spy-surf-rock song and dance designed to encourage fun physical activity as part of Disney’s commitment to inspire kids and families to lead active lifestyles. The day also includes 11 hours of “Phineas and Ferb” programming including two new Perry-focused episodes on Disney Channel and Disney XD, an interactive website dedicated to Perry the Platypus, a fun giveaway and special Platypus Takeover at all Disney Stores in the U.S. & Canada and events via local Radio Disney stations across the nation.
“The Platypus Walk” song will debut today, Wednesday, February 8, when Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (creators/executive producers, “Phineas and Ferb”) join Radio Disney’s Ernie D on air (4:00-5:00 p.m., PT) as Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram. Also beginning today, viewers can visit DisneyChannel.com to learn the steps to “The Platypus Walk” dance. Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram will also co-host the Top 30 Countdown on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4.
“The Platypus Walk” music video debuts Saturday, March 3 on Disney Channel and Disney XD. The dance, choreographed by Rosero McCoy (“Shake It Up” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”), will be demonstrated by Friends of Perry (FOP) and fan favorites: Bridgit Mendler, Bradley Steven Perry, Jason Dolley, Mia Talerico, Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer (“Good Luck Charlie”), Bella Thorne and Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine (“Shake It Up”), Debby Ryan, Kevin Chamberlin, Skai Jackson, Karan Brar, Cameron Boyce and Peyton List (“Jessie”), Billy Unger, Kelli Berglund, Spencer Boldman and Tyrel Jackson Williams (“Lab Rats”), Jason Earles, Leo Howard, Mateo Arias, Dylan Riley Snyder, Olivia Holt and Alex Christian Jones (“Kickin’ It”), and Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy (“Austin & Ally”).
All Friends of Perry (FOP) are invited to visit DisneyChannel.com to learn the dance moves from Rosero McCoy, download a printable certificate and iron on decal, play Perry games and become a fan of Agent P.
In anticipation of Perry’s big day, the weekend celebration begins with a new Perry-centric “Phineas and Ferb” episode, “Mom’s in the House,” on Friday, March 2 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) followed by an 11-hour marathon, Saturday, March 3 (9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Disney XD’s 12-hour “Phineas and Ferb” marathon begins with the premiere of another new episode, “Perry the Actorpus,” on Saturday, March 3 (8:00 a.m., ET/PT).
Radio Disney, the #1 radio network for kids, tweens, and families, invites listeners across the country to ring in the new year at its annual family-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” events taking place on December 31. The “Noon Year’s Eve” events, taking place in 19 markets, will welcome kids and families to their favorite locations including local zoos, museums or shopping centers for a family-friendly celebration that gives kids the opportunity to have all the fun of New Year’s Eve before their bedtime.
Hosted by Radio Disney’s local stations, the “Noon Year’s Eve” events will feature the best songs of the year from Radio Disney’s “Top 50 of 2011,” interactive entertainment and prizes. Many of the events will also feature special balloon drops and a countdown just for kids and families.
The “Noon Year’s Eve” events take place on December 31 at the following locations:
Chicago, Illinois 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Chicago Wolves Fun Fest at AllState Arena’s Skyline Room with AM 1300
6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018
Dallas, Texas – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Main Event with AM 620
4801 Citylake Boulevard East, Fort Worth, Texas, 76132
San Francisco, California – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose with AM 1310
180 Woz Way, San Jose, California, 95110
Additional activities include New Year’s resolution writing, party hat decorating and a countdown across time zones with free phone calls to friends and relatives from MetroPCS.
Atlanta, Georgia – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The City of Smyrna Community Center with AM 590
200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Georgia, 30080
Houston, Texas – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Main Event Shenandoah with AM 1590
19441 Interstate 45 S, Shenandoah, Texas, 77385
Phoenix, Arizona – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Phoenix Zoo with AM 1580
455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona, 85008
Additional activities include New Year’s resolution writing and apple cider toast.
Tampa, Florida – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lowry Park Zoo with AM 1380
1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33604
St. Paul, Minnesota – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Como Zoo with AM 1440
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55103
Denver, Colorado 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Southlands Town Center with AM 1690
6155 South Main Street, Aurora, Colorado, 80016
Cleveland, Ohio – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with AM 1260
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, Ohio, 44109
Additional activities include a special “Move It” area powered by Cleveland Clinic Hospitals, and festive activities powered by Root Candles and Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.
Sacramento, California – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Old Sacramento with AM 1470
1110 Front Street, Sacramento, California, 95814
Additional activities include fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.
St. Louis, Missouri – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saint Louis Science Center with AM 1260
5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 63110
Will include special “Science Goes Splat” ball drop and “Radio Disney Golden Ticket” prize awarding one lucky family with four VIP tickets to “Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!,” two “Disney On Ice” shows, and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 11:00am – 1:00pm
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with AM 1250
One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15206
Charlotte, North Carolina – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Northlake Mall with AM 1480
6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28216
Additional activities include apple cider toast provided by presenting sponsor Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
Salt Lake City, Utah – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Shops at Riverwoods in The Manor in Provo with AM 910
4801 North University Avenue, Provo, Utah, 84604
Kansas City, Missouri – 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
North Kansas City Community Center with AM 1190
1999 Iron Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64116
New Year’s Eve party favors will be given to the first 100 guests provided by North Kansas City Community Center.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mayfair Mall (Center Court, Level 1) in Wauwatosa with AM 1640
2500 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 53226
*Note: No balloon drop, but New Year’s Eve party favors will be given to the first 200 guests.
Little Rock, Arkansas – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Veterans Park Community Center in Cabot with FM 99.5
508 North Lincoln, Cabot, Arkansas, 72023
Richmond, Virginia – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Science Museum of Virginia with AM 1290
2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23230
Additional activities include Anthem Get Active Get Fit Dance Party and red carpet premiere of the new IMAX film “Born to Be Wild.”
Radio Disney’s “Top 50 of 2011″ will air Saturday, December 31 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT) featuring the most requested songs of 2011, with re-airings throughout New Year’s Day. Hosted by Radio Disney on-air personalities Ernie D, Jake, Hallie, Candice, and Blake, the five-hour broadcast counting down the year will also feature interviews with listeners favorite artists like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Cody Simpson and Willow Smith.
Shealeigh Voitl of Chicago, IL has taken the title of Radio Disney’s ‘Next Big Thing’ (NBT) Season Four contest. Voted by listeners of the Radio Disney network, Shealeigh was one of five finalists and survived each week as the performer with the least number of votes was eliminated from the competition.
Shealeigh’s first single, released through the competition, is ‘What Can I Say?,’ which she can be seen performing in the following video we took as the NBT tour visited the streets of New York City earlier this year:
As winner of the competition, Shealeigh will have her single released through Walt Disney Music.
The other finalists in the competition included runner-up Zack Montana, Hollywood Ending, Tay Barton and Ladina Spence.
This was the fourth year for Radio Disney’s NBT contest. Previous winners include Allstar Weekend, Kicking Daisies and Jasmine. Coco Jones of NBT season three has also experienced notable success since appearing in the competition.
Here’s video of the winning announcement, courtesy of Radio Disney:
And Shealeigh’s first performance as the Next BIG Thing winner, also courtesy of Radio Disney
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration, will ring in the 2011 holiday season for the nation on Saturday, November 19 with a “bigger, better and brighter” schedule of events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday tradition.
One million people from around the country will travel to Chicago to experience a weekend of nonstop holiday offerings that lead up to a magical evening procession featuring more than 40 magnificent floats, helium-filled balloons, classic characters from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, lively marching bands and musical performances from top artists. Grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from the Walt Disney World® Resort will appear together on the lead parade vehicle for the second year in a row to illuminate one million lights on 200 trees along Michigan Avenue, One of the Great Avenues of the World.
The nationally-televised event will be broadcast on Saturday, November 19 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CST in local markets on ABC 7 Chicago and in more than 65 markets around the country throughout the holiday season. Broadcast times are available in local listings.
Star appearances include star of Disney Channel’s hit series “A.N.T. Farm” and Hollywood Records recording artist China Anne McClain, along with her sisters Lauryn McClain and Sierra McClain; My Block/Columbia Records multi-Grammy Award-winning inspirational recording act Mary Mary; American Idol finalists Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams; cast members of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth;” Jake and the Never Land Pirate Band as seen on Disney Junior; Radio Disney’s N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) artist Shealeigh from Chicago; Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players; Disney Music Group Artist Nathan Pacheco; and more.
The holiday celebration also includes:
The procession, starting at 5:30 p.m. CST, features a spectacular collection of floats from favorites including:
- The Chicago Flower & Garden Show (March 10 – 18) will provide a glimpse into the warmer seasons with their “Spring Experience” procession float, a “spring globe” infused with the colors, style and inspiration of “Hort Couture.”
- Candyality, “Chicago’s sweetest destination,” will showcase a candy-inspired holiday wonderland featuring more than 10,000 lights and a truckload of candy
- Garrett Popcorn Shops will provide samples of their world-famous popcorn along the procession route as it is freshly popped on their float
- Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group will honor the city’s renowned sports culture with baseball great Ernie Banks, Dutchie Caray and other sports legends
- Santa Claus will greet children of all ages as he flies over the John Hancock Center on his sleigh
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck as well as favorite characters from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida will add excitement to the procession
- Seasonal offers from participating businesses in The Magnificent Mile district including holiday hotel packages, shopping perks, dining specials and more.
- The stunning Fireworks Spectacular over the Chicago River, created from more than 10,000 handmade fireworks shells from Lumina, will serve as the grand finale of the beloved holiday event at approximately 6:55 p.m. CST
- Performances from local marching bands including Crystal Lake Strikers Drum-Line, Morton West High School Band; Loyola Academy High School Band and Proviso East High School Band as well as the Spring-Ford High School Band from Royersford, PA
- Larger-than-life helium-filled balloons including Kermit the Frog sponsored by Disney’s The Muppets, a famous red-nosed reindeer and more
- A treasure hunt from BMO Harris Bank offering families great prizes and more information about BMO Harris Bank’s new “Helpful Steps for Parents,” a program designed to help parents get a jump start on saving for their children’s futures. Hubert the Lion will also be available for pictures
- “Lights Festival Lane,” an interactive, holiday wonderland featuring booths from BMO Harris Bank, Eli’s Cheesecake, DePaul University, Radio Disney/AM 1300, Chevy, John Hancock Observatory, The Museum of Science and Industry, DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile and more (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
- A full lineup of live musical performances on the BMO Harris Bank Stage in Pioneer Court from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
Radio Disney kicks off its first-ever “N.B.T.” (“Next BIG Thing”) concert tour on Monday, September 5 in Chicago. Sponsored by Invisalign Teen, the eight-city tour will feature the season four “N.B.T” artists and “N.B.T.” alumni. Tour stops in New York City, Boston, St. Louis, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and concludes in Celebration, Florida on Saturday, December 10. Tour venues will be a mix of local festivals, fairs and shopping centers.
On Thursday, September 1, Invisalign Teen will launch the “Straight Up Celebration” Sweepstakes. The grand prize is a trip for four to the Radio Disney Holiday Concert in Celebration, Florida to see “N.B.T.” alumni Coco Jones and Kicking Daisies. Three runner-ups will receive prize packages including an iPad, an iPod touch or iTunes gift cards.
“We are excited to give Radio Disney listeners the opportunity to see, hear and get to know this year’s ‘N.B.T.’ artists as we kick off the competition with a tour that provides an in-person experience unlike any other talent competition show,” says Kelly Edwards, executive director of Music and Programming, Radio Disney. “The mix of our veteran ‘N.B.T.’ artists with this year’s contestants will offer fans a great show.”
“We are thrilled to be such a big part of Radio Disney’s first live ‘NBT’ Tour, where we have an opportunity to reach and engage directly with fans and their parents about Invisalign Teen,” said Sheila Tan, vice president of Marketing and chief marketing officer for Align Technology, Inc. “We realize that one of the keys to a successful performance is exuding personality and confidence, and Invisalign Teen wants to remind parents that there is a modern choice for straightening teeth that helps kids feel more confident as they pursue their dreams no matter what their passion.”
“N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform feature that launched the careers of Kicking Daisies, Coco Jones and Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on aspiring young, undiscovered recording artists and provides them with the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page, or text “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) (standard messaging rates may apply; children must have parents’ permission). The winner will have their single released by Disney Music Group.
Radio Disney, the No. 1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families, will kick off its fourth season of “N.B.T.” (Next Big Thing) beginning FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14. “N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform feature that launched the careers of Kicking Daisies, Coco Jones and Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page, or text* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639). The winner will have their single released by Disney Music Group.
“‘N.B.T.’ embodies Radio Disney’s core values of providing entertaining and interactive content that kids and families can experience together,” said Sean Cocchia, senior vice president and general manager, Radio Disney. He added, “With the fourth season, we are introducing new voting elements to our contest which will allow our fans to help decide which of the talented young artists will move to the next round.”
Each artist will receive equal play and exposure, and at the end of each round, will face elimination based on listener votes. Listeners will be allowed one registered vote per artist per day per format. The winning “N.B.T.” artist will be named in December.
Exclusively on Radio Disney during the rounds of competition, each artist will have their single on the playlist, and join on-air personalities Ernie D and Jake Whetter in studio for interviews and performances. Simultaneously, Disney Channel will present a preview of each artist and a sampling of their musical talent in interstitials hosted by Jake. Each artist will also have two full songs, exclusive videos, photos and bios on RadioDisney.com. Videos will also be featured on Disney.com, the N.B.T. mobile website and Radio Disney’s YouTube Channel.
“We have seen great success with our ‘N.B.T.’ artists, including Allstar Weekend who are currently on tour with Selena Gomez & The Scene, Kicking Daisies who is part of this year’s Vans Warped Tour, and Coco Jones who is a recurring guest star on Disney Channel’s ‘So Random!,’“ said Kelly Edwards, executive director of Music and
Programming, Radio Disney. She added, “We’ve had the opportunity to meet tremendous talent over the past six months of ‘N.B.T.’ auditions, and this season’s artists represent some of the best young talent in the country. We look forward to showcasing them. “
The artists, ages 13-17, include:
- Tay Barton — a 15-year-old country singer from Salt Lake City Utah, now residing in Laguna Beach, California
- Zack Montana — a 13-year-old pop singer originally from Tampa, Florida, now living in Los Angeles, California
- Ladina Spence — a 16-year-old pop singer originally from Germany, now living in Los Angeles, California
- Shealeigh — a 13-year-old pop singer from Chicago, Illinois
- Hollywood Ending — a pop/rock band made up of five members, ages 16-18, hailing from Maryland, New York, New Jersey and the UK
The leader in kid-driven, mom-approved music, Billboard magazine (September 2010 and 2009) cited Radio Disney in its “Maximum Exposure” list, which names the Top 100 ways to get music noticed. Stars that have launched multi-faceted careers with a strong assist from Radio Disney include Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana and Selena Gomez.
Radio Disney is the No. 1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network’s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez & The Scene, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Willow Smith, Cody Simpson, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Allstar Weekend. The network is available on over 35 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones and on the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps.
*Msg. & data rates may apply. Kids under 18, must get parent’s permission first.
“We Can Change the World,” the inspiring new pop/rock anthem for Disney’s Friends for Change — performed and co-written by 18-year-old actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Lemonade Mouth”) — will premiere Friday, June 10 on Radio Disney at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT and Disney Channel in the 7:00 pm ET/PT hour. Beginning Saturday, June 11, the song will be available on Disney.com/ProjectGreen and the music video will be available at iTunes. Coinciding with its premiere, Disney will donate $250,000 to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund benefiting global charities. “We Can Change the World” is the third Disney’s Friends for Change anthem. Previous songs have helped raise more than $800,000 for conservation projects around the globe.
Disney’s Friends for Change is a multi-platform initiative that helps inspire kids and families to join together and make a positive impact on their world (and the people and animals that live there). Through PSAs on-air and online tool-kits, the program aims to provide useful information to help kids make small changes that add up to big differences. As part of the program, Disney is donating $1 million dollars annually to fund projects all around the globe and has funded over 41 projects that help the planet ranging from educational & community programs to species & habitat protection. Friends for Change currently has over 4 million actions taking place from kids in 33 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Japan, India and China. For more information, please visit http://disney.go.com/projectgreen.
The “We Can Change the World” song and music video are designed to both entertain and inspire ways to initiate positive change. In the video, Mendler and kids from around the world along with Disney Channel stars Valeria Baroni (Argentina), Jorge Blanco (Mexico), Olavo Cavalheiro (Brazil), Nicole Ishida (Japan), Murtuza Kutianawala (India) and Eve Ottino (France), are featured.
The music video was directed by Art Spigel (“Disney Channel Games”) and the song was written by Joacim Persson and Bridgit Mendler. It was produced on location at Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Los Angeles, California.